Crafting for Reader Fun and Prizes

Soooooo, I’ve been spending a crap ton of money on crafting supplies lately 😀 Right now I’m really getting into watercolors and jewellery making on top of practice character sketches. I haven’t had much time for beading or jewellery making, but luckily there was a free class at Michaels, and all I had to do was buy the materials.

The necklace in the middle with the gold chain and pearl was the one I made in class. It had a little golden arrow in it with pink beads. I love it. Might keep that one. The necklace on the far right is a little harder to make out the details of, but it has pink beads, Swarovski glue crystals which I just threw inside, and a charm inside that says Love. I already sent it to a winner of a Valentine’s Day Event

The third one with the purple beads has a little howling wolf inside it, and I’ve been wearing it around a lot the last couple of days. I might have to make a duplicate so I can have one just like it 😀 Otherwise, it’s coloring is perfect as a prize for my Newsletter subscribers for the release of Alpha.

These are all so cool and I adore all of these. I bought more bottles to make more, so that’s going to be fun. I might even hand one or two out as prizes at the Romancing the Capital event in April 😀

Every once in a while I need an artistic outlet that involves something other than writing. This might be because I spend a whoooole lot of time writing and editing. Beading and painting is a good way to calm down and take a break while still feeling like I’m doing something.

I’m wondering if other authors do this stuff to, or if I’m the only one who had a shopping addiction for crafts, paints and books instead of shoes and clothes -_-

 

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Cheers!

~Mandy

20 thoughts on “Crafting for Reader Fun and Prizes

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    1. Hey there, yeah, that does tend to happen. I have another pen name where I just found out someone was translating a bunch of my books into a different language and handing them out for free. Now, these books are with a publisher and aren’t being translated with no plans to ever do so because of the expense, so I’m not too concerned about lost sales when there’s a language barrier preventing these people from buying in the first place. Personally, piracy doesn’t bother me too much when it’s being given away for free. If someone takes my name off it and charges money for it, then I’ll get mad. You also have to take into account that copyright laws are different in certain other countries, so some people doing this might not see it as theft the way we do in the west. It’s not always cut and dry. That being said, I know some authors stick their names into a google program that will ping them if their names ever turn up on a website that’s linked with piracy. Like I said, I don’t pay much attention to this stuff, so I’ve never looked into the program. Other people hire services for a monthly fee to keep on top of this for them, but the downside along with a cost is that with so many new places popping up, if the people running these services aren’t aware there is a new download hub, it will go unnoticed for a while. You also have to email them with updates every time you come out with new content so they know what to look for, otherwise I’ve heard the services slowly stop working without these updates from you.

      There is also take down notices. You can write a polite letter to the owner or moderators asking for a removal of the content, and for the most part, they will comply quickly. I’ve only ever heard of a few situations where someone didn’t comply, and again, since these tend to happen on file sharing sites, even if your file is removed, another user could put it back up within a couple of days before the moderator or owner notices.

      It really is like a game of whack-a-mole, only not fun and full of stress. I hope some of the above will help you to look for ways around it, but you will have to make a decision on how much of your creative time you want to spend on stopping this sort of thing, and whether that time would be best suited to creating.

      All best,

      ~Mandy

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